Long team dream of Royal joy
Connections of American challenger Long On Value have had the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on their minds since he ran with such credit in Dubai.
The six-year-old was beaten just a nose in the Al Quoz Sprint on rain-softened ground and plans were put in place to travel to England.
With the weather set fair, conditions are likely to be in his favour at Royal Ascot and his travelling team spoke of their excitement after seeing Long On Value traverse the Limekilns in Newmarket on Thursday morning in front of the media.
Riley Mott, assistant trainer to his father Bill, said: "For us, good to firm ground would be ideal as that is what he runs his best races on back home, but if there was some give in the ground, he does perform on it, as we saw when he ran so well in Dubai.
"This race is something we obviously thought about right after Dubai. Prior to Dubai the thought was for him to just perform well there, but when he ran so well, this came on the radar just for the fact that he shaped so well and competed with an international field.
"It reaffirmed our opinion that he can compete with that type of horse. We do expect an even greater challenge at Ascot, though."
Henry Candy's Limato finished down the field at Meydan, but Mott expects him to be a tougher nut to crack on the forecast sounder surface next week.
"If I'm not mistaken Limato is being primed for the race and I know he was the 'it horse' in Dubai," Mott added.
"We expect him to appreciate the firm ground rather than the soft in Dubai. He'll be tough to beat if it is firm ground as he's a very accomplished horse, but you can't overlook anybody."